A letter from Doug Tate, President BCHOA – Summer 2019


June 21, 2019

Summer is in full swing in this great neighborhood. Kids are avoiding their summer reading and opting for sleeping late, fighting with their sister, eating the remaining Easter candy, watching YouTube, and that is just at my house. From summer camps to Destin vacations to learning how to mow the lawn, summer means something different to every resident.

The Beau Chene HOA Board has been busy with elections and preparing for the new marina entrance. At the HOA meeting on Friday June 14, 2019 the following members were elected to executive positions:
Doug Tate – President
deShea Richardson – Vice President
Lance Rase – Treasurer
Jay Whealdon – Secretary

This will be my second term as president, and I would like to thank all homeowners for allowing me to serve. I moved here 2 months before Katrina and my life has unfolded within the 3 gates of Beau Chene. My son learned how to hit a baseball in our backyard and my daughter would choose to go to the Beau Chene pool over a family trip to Austin. Professionally, I manage money for the working affluent at Benjamin F. Edwards, hold a BA in Communications and a MBA from LSU. I am married to the former Alexandra Sampedro, and have 2 children, Lucy who attends CES, and Preston who attends SPS.

deShea Richardson is the newly elected vice president of the Beau Chene Homeowners Association. She is a native of Baton Rouge where she earned multiple degrees including a law degree. She and her husband James Richardson have 3 beautiful kids JP, Constance and Charlotte. The Richardsons love this neighborhood so much, that they are on their second home in Beau Chene. deShea is a partner in the Mandeville law firm Harrison & Richardson.

Lance Rase was recently re-elected to the Beau Chene Board and continues his role as Treasurer. Lance is married to the former Erika Laughlin and they have 2 beautiful children, Abby and Nicholas. Lance is an executive with Consolidated Grain & Barge and holds an undergraduate degree from LSU and a graduate degree from Tulane. Lance is active on many boards but is most proud of chairing Crawfish Cookin for a Cause, a 501c3 charitable organization, which recently raised over $60k for families affected by catastrophic illness.

Jay Whealdon has been a board member and its corporate secretary for 7 years. Jay and his wife, Phoebe, have lived in Beau Chene for 17 years and are next door neighbors of Doug and Alex Tate. Jay has been engaged in the insurance and reinsurance industries for over 40 years. Phoebe is a full-time real estate agent with Coldwell Banker TEC. Both Jay and Phoebe are involved with business and local charitable organizations and are active members of First Baptist Covington in various capacities.

The 2019-2020 committees will be chaired by the following individuals:

Louise Rusch – Community Enhancement Committee
Paul Angelle – Environmental Control Committee
Lance Rase – Finance Committee
David Parnell – Governance/Legal Committee
Jay Whealdon – Insurance Committee
David Pesses & Neal Hennegan – Infrastructure Committee
Geoff Hingle – Security Committee
David Pesses & Louise Rusch – Liaison Committee

As we enter hurricane season, we want to remind our residents to have an evacuation plan. Additionally, our HOA balance sheet is managed with an eye on storms in the gulf. A large sum of money is kept liquid and semi-liquid in case of emergencies like Katrina. History tells us that we will take a hit from a storm within the next 5 years. We need to be financially and organizationally prepared for a hurricane.

Beau Chene is the premier neighborhood in St. Tammany Parish, and it is our responsibility to ensure it stays that way. With over 5,000 residents and over 1,500 properties, there is strength in numbers. If you have ideas, questions, concerns, comments, etc. please do not hesitate to contact me.

Doug Tate
President Beau Chene HOA

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